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if you had the choice to go into deep sleep after death or to live countless lives through re-incarnation, what would you choose and why?
this is purely hypothetical of course. just a little thought experiment to show that at least for me, the option of not having to live forever seems far more comforting than the idea of an unbroken cycle of life after life, be it one dream followed by a different or some form of eternal re-occurence. i have to admit that i often suspect rebirth is real, and it is damned sure not a refuge for death-anxiety. my life is great and i wouldn't swap with anyone, but i still think it will be good to rest.
all conditions are based on stress of some form or another because of the 2nd law of thermo-dynamics as far as i can see. we find peace then it slowly passes away and so we have to re-adjust - be it to feed ourselves, to change body-posture or whatever. nothing is lasting, even great joy is subtle friction.
what i have more anxiety about is dying a painful death. i am often struck by an overwhelming realization of death and have spent much time in this intense state of mind so i have no illusions of having overcome any death-anxiety. this is often brought on by a slight pain in my heart. on the plus side this has made me much more free in my choices in life and often i am able to let go in those states which puts me in a sort of neutral mind where the raft flows freely.
Well, if re-incarnation is completely random, then I would prefer the deep sleep. But if one could move up or down in life quality by whatever, shedding bad karma for example, then I would choose reincarnation, and it would nice to know exactly how one could move up.